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Georgia Hit Hard By Sequester

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(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – President Barack Obama is telling the nation’s governors that “at some point we’ve got to do some governing,” rather than “careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.”

At a White House meeting today, he told the governors that the automatic spending cuts due to be triggered on Friday can be averted with “just a little bit of compromise.”

Unless Congress acts, $85 billion in cuts will go into effect Friday. Here in Georgia, automatic federal spending cuts could force more than a half-dozen small airports in Georgia to close their control towers. Some airfields already operate without tower guidance during parts of the day, but it will slow things down and decrease safety. Airports in Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties could be affected, along with those in Albany, Athens, Columbus and Macon. The U.S. Transportation Department says it may close 100 control towers nationwide if the sequester goes into effect.

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